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Keep Calm and Brexit On?!
The latest book from WPC founder Chris Oestereich is a multi-installment effort that follows the UK’s ongoing saga with the European Union. The first two parts are out and Part 3 is scheduled for early 2018.
Part 1 of Keep Calm and Brexit On?! goes back to look at some of the issues in Europe that help bring the EU referendum into being. On June 23, 2016, the citizens of the United Kingdom went to the polls to decide whether to part ways with the European Union. Leave took the day with a slim majority (52% to 48%) on the non-binding vote. The fallout from the vote effectively spawned a new book genre: dystopian nonfiction.
Installment 1 of Keep Calm and Brexit On?! sets up the mess with a mildly tongue-in-cheek overview of the relevant terms, groups, and people that are important to understanding Brexit, an explanation of the genesis of this project and what it hopes to achieve, as well as a couple of chapters on the shambling wreck known as the EU to set up the story.
Part 2 of Keep Calm and Brexit On?! looks at the major forces that drove the result of the EU referendum, including austerity, cuts to the National Health Service and education, concerns about globalization, and fomented xenophobia. It also looks at politicians’ shifting goals and the stories they told on the way to the historic result. In sum, it’s a complex mess. “Should They Stay or Should They Go?” dives into the morass and attempts to make order out of chaos. (Easier said than done.) The book paints the picture of the many challenges roiling the UK as its leaders attempt to chart a path forward.
Anarchy in the UK (Keep Calm & Brexit On?! – Part 3) & Rock the Casbah (Keep Calm & Brexit On?! – Part 4)
Parts 3 & 4 of Keep Calm and Brexit On?! are currently under development. Part 3, which covers the time between the EU Referendum and the triggering of Article 50. Part 3 will be out by early 2018. Part 4, which will look at the events that unfolded after the triggering of Article 50, as well as looking at what might lay ahead for the UK. Part 4 is tentatively scheduled for mid-2018.
Mending the Net features essays on the topic of Universal Basic Incomes, a radical idea with growing support. In this age of growing precarity, and a growing threat of significant job loss due to technological advances in automation and artificial intelligence, we need to look at new ways of sharing the spoils of our increasingly productive economies. This short book lays out a broad case for basic incomes, while also addressing potential shortcomings with such programs.
Mending the Net is currently unavailable as it is being updated. A revised and expanded 2nd Edition will be available soon.
Check out a sample of Mending the Net.
What do we do about inequality? (Wicked Problems Collaborative Book 1)
Wicked problems are the massive, intractable issues which tend to defy solutions or even progress. They’re interconnected and systemic, so attempts to initiate change often ripple through in unexpected ways. Things like war, epidemics, and climate change are just a few of the things which the Wicked Problems Collaborative will take on.
Our first book “What do we do about inequality?” looks at rampant and growing disparities in various forms and looks to help the reader understand these problems from new perspectives, while also offering ideas towards creating outcomes that are more just than those that are currently endured.
Praise for WC Book 1:
“With article topics ranging from moral and ethical conundrums to very specific commentary on the problems of current economic models, there’s no better choice for labor relations, economics, or business and social issues debates than this collection, which considers the roots of fairness and justice.” –D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review